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UNSHAKABLE SHAW Resolute guard serving as a steady presence for 18-4 Titans BY BILL MCLEAN , SPORTS@NORTHSHOREWEEKEND.COM


izzy Shaw’s three-point shot wasn’t right at the beginning of the 2016-17 girls basketball season. The shortcoming bothered the Glenbrook South junior point guard, prompting her to come up with a plan to make it right. Shaw stuck around after each practice to take more shots from beyond the arc. At least 100. “A lot of shots,” said Titans assistant girls basketball coach Scott Nemecek, who, along with head coach Steve Weissenstein, serves as a rebounder for Shaw’s “overtime” sessions. Her improved marksmanship from long range — call it “Shaw’s sank redemption” — was glaring in a game at New Trier on Jan. 20. The 5-foot-7 floor general hit three of her first four trey tries and finished with a game-high 12 points (on four-of-six shooting from three-point terrain) in Glenbrook South’s 44-36 victory. “I picked up what helped my shot go in,” Shaw said of her aha moment during one of those post-practice minutes. “I grew as a player, and the confidence in my shot grew.” When returning all-Central Suburban League selection and University of Denver-bound Carie Weinman — a 5-9, doeverything guard — had to sit out eight games with a knee injury, beginning in late December, Shaw had to grow some more as a hoopster. And it showed, as the Titans (18-4, 6-1 in the CSL South) went 6-2 without Weinman, who returned to action against New Trier last weekend. “She’s such a huge part of our team,” Shaw said after Weinman scored nine points, including four on back-to-back driving layups, against a Trevians squad (13-9, 3-4) that had won six of its last seven games. “We missed her, of course, but those three weeks were really good for us considering we played as well as we did without Carie. Everybody had to play better when she was out. Everybody also

last weekend to attend a cousin’s wedding in Elgin. “That was something she earned, making the varsity as a freshman. She’s focused on basketball. “Good kid, funny kid,” added the member of the 2014-15 University Athletic Association cochampion women’s basketball team at the University of Chicago. “My little sister is smart, too.” Nemecek, the Titans’ assistant coach and one of Shaw’s personal rebounders, sees Shaw’s competitive side on the courts and Shaw’s friendly side in the school’s hallways. He admires both sides. “She’s receptive to coaching,” he said. “Lizzy is also so positive and delightful. Every time I see her during the school hours, she’s either smiling or going up to people and starting conversations with them.” Nemecek settles for an entirely different kind of sound after most practices at Glenbrook South: a basketball, launched by Shaw, falling through a net. Notable: Glenbrook South sophomore guard Libbie Vanderveen scored 10 points (second among teammates to Carie Weinman’s 15) in a 42-39 DRIVING MISS LIZZY: Junior guard Lizzy Shaw, seen here in Glenbrook South’s game at New Trier on Dec. 6, continues to step up her defeat of visiting Hersey on Jan. game. PHOTOGRAPHY BY TRACY ALLEN 21. Junior forward Liz LaPierre around the Detweiller Park entered Glenbrook South,” Weis- player for us,” said Weinman, who tallied eight, and sophomore gained confidence.” Shaw made Weissenstein’s course at the Class 3A state meet senstein said. “She’s underrated poured in a team-high 15 points guard Makayla Stadler chipped varsity in her freshman season, in Peoria: Shaw. as a defender, usually going up in South’s 42-39 defeat of visiting in with six points. South led but she was more than familiar No wonder she wasn’t tired against the other team’s No. 1 or and state-ranked Hersey (19-3) 28-16 at the half. … The Titans with the atmosphere surrounding after playing all 32 minutes — 2 [player], and she boxes out on Jan. 21. “She does the little produced an 8-0 run at the start Titans basketball. One of her and collecting three steals, to go really well for a guard.” things well — finds the open of the third quarter and a 9-0 older sisters, Ali (Class of 2011), with those clutch 12 points — in With about three minutes left teammate, attacks … she can do spurt in the fourth quarter in played varsity hoops for three the game at New Trier last in the first quarter and South it all. But we sometimes have to their 44-36 win at New Trier on seasons before continuing her weekend. trailing 8-5 at New Trier last tell her to shoot more. Jan. 20. Senior guard Callie hoops career at the University of Shaw no longer runs cross weekend, that guard received a “And she’s the sweetest Pekosh (eight points) scored the Chicago. country. Basketball is her steady sharp pass from Weinman person,” Weinman added. “Our final three points in the first se“I was at most of her Glen- in the world of the sports. Speak- moments after Weinman entered ‘Little Lizzy’ — that’s what we quence and five more in the latter, brook South games, watching and ing of steady, that’s a word that game action for the first time call her — is such a nice person.” as the visitors limited New Trier’s dribbling around,” said Lizzy accurately describes her game. since Dec. 22. Shaw nailed a School work and basketball are Trevians to two points in the Shaw, who averages about seven Shaw, while dribbling, is so good three-pointer — her second of Shaw’s top commitments in the game’s final 5:16. LaPierre (three points, three rebounds, three and in control with either hand, the frame — and then watched winter, though she finds time to points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals per game. you can’t tell what her dominant Weinman net those back-to-back watch TV and read books other steals) and Stadler (six points, Months before her first varsity hand is until she shoots right- layups in a 47-second span. than textbooks. Her aim in 2018 four rebounds) each came up with basketball game, Shaw ran handed. Suddenly it was Glenbrook and beyond is to pass and shoot a steal, 25 seconds apart, to thwart around — as a member of the And her passes are National South with a 12-8 advantage. and defend for a college women’s NT’s comeback bid in the fourth varsity cross country team. In the Honor Society smart. The potent backcourt band was basketball team. quarter. Weinman came down fall of 2014, only one member of “Lizzy has been a wiz with the back together. “Lizzy plays hard, plays her with a team-high seven rebounds “Lizzy has always been a key heart out,” said sister Ali, in town for the victors. the team qualified to hustle basketball since the day she

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The West Zone of the North Shore Weekend is published every two weeks and features the news and personalities of Glenview, Northbrook, and D...

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